Douglas 13 Ashton-on-Mersey 13: ASHTON made the most of the wind advantage in the first half of their game in the Isle of Man.
After continuous pressure on the home side Ashton gained a converted penalty.
Relentless attacking from the visitors had Douglas on the back foot.
They soon succumbed to a flourishing move all the way down the right of the three-quarter line to be capped with a try from Jonathan Broadley.
The visitors then reverted to their more customary forward-based game and were rewarded with a catch-and-drive try from flanker Kieran Tames, giving them a 13-3 half-time lead.
The home side then began to play a more open game across the backline, leaving Ashton for pace.
Their advantage soon saw them notch up the two tries needed to level the scores.
A tremendous effort from Douglas in the final quarter was matched by the Ashton defence to keep the draw.
However, Ashton were lucky that the final act of the game, a touchdown on the corner flag by Douglas was erroneously disallowed by the referee.
Ashton’s Junior Colts were also in action on the Isle and they beat a Douglas select team 34-7, with tries from Sam Screeton (4) and Simon Winnington (2).
The first team play in the Cheshire Cup Final at Winnington Park Northwich on Easter Saturday.
Kick-off is at 1.15pm.